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How to make a perfect Mai Tai

I'm making what might just be my favorite drink of all time: the Mai Tai.  If you've had one and ti was green, or blue, or tasted like ecto-cooler or was just sickeningly sweet, you owe this drink another chance.  


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A Mai Tai is maybe the pinnacle of Tiki glory and made the way Vic Bergeron invented it in 1944 it's a balanced, spirit forward, glass of pure magic.

My Recipe hews pretty closely to that original 1944 Trader Vic's, at least so far as I know, and I think you'll like it.  There's a couple of ingredients here you'll want to get your hands on before proceeding.  The first is Orgreat, which is a syrup made from almonds.

I'll link to my recipe video for it in both this episode and down here, but it's also available at specialty shops, and there's other recipes online you can follow.



The other is Rock Candy Syrup, and this one is optional.  You can use plain old simple syrup if you like and you'll get great results, but if you want to go all the way rock candy syrup is just inverse simple syrup (2 parts sugar to 1 part water) and an infusion of vanilla.  If you can get real vanilla bean use that, but you'll be fine with extract too, in either case add it to taste.  Thanks for watching the show guys, I hope you like this one!

Mai Tai

★1oz. Jamaican rum
★ 1oz. Rhum Agricole
★ 0.5oz. Dry Curaçao
★ 0.5oz. Orgeat
★ 0.25oz. Rock Candy Syrup
★ 1oz. Lime Juice
Shake and serve over crushed ice, garnish with a sprig of mint.

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